As longtime Mad Horse
Theater Company artistic director Andy Sokoloff leaves the company in pursuit
of a new career, some longtime members are stepping in to take over.
Barb Truex, who has
helped with Mad Horse for several years, will be the new executive director.
Christine Louise Marshall, a veteran performer and costume designer for Mad
Horse, will be the artistic director. Peter Brown, Portland Stage Company's
production manager (and a PSC Affiliate Artist), who has been a Mad Horse
member since 2005, will be the associate artistic director. (He was also named
one of Portland's Most Influential People Under 35 in the Arts by the Portland
Phoenix back in 2003.)
Also joining the
company are six new members: Brent Askari, Burke Brimmer, Shannon Campbell,
Elizabeth Chambers, Jennifer Halm-Perazone, and James Herrera.
Mad Horse took the
opportunity to announce their new season, too, which will feature The
Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, and The
Normal Heart by Larry Kramer as featured productions, and for the late-night
shows, A Life in the Theater by David Mamet and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by
John Patrick Shanley (plus one more TBD).
We spotted a few
familiar faces in the crowd, too; in addition to those already named above, and
a pile of cast members, supporters, and funders of Mad Horse, were the
following: Ricky Boy Floyd (of the Horror and late of Granny's, now of
MediaPower), Muriel Kenderdine (of Cast & Crew), Carolyn Gage (acclaimed
playwright), Anita Stewart (PSC artistic director), Camilla Barrantes (PSC
managing director), and Tony and Susan Reilly (of AIRE).